Not long ago, I was breezing along the Banana River, off the coast of Merritt Island, Florida when I was hit with such an inspiration that I slammed the boat in neutral and listened as my next project unfolded. Middle Aged Crazy, (name and all) was laid out for me and within two days I had built the website, trademarked the name and done all of the other things one does to prepare to write a book.
The reception for Middle Aged Crazy has been nothing short of amazing, the hundreds of responses I’ve received have proved I’ve hit a chord, we all seem to have an inner creative beast that is waiting to be released. After several months of research, I felt called to write an E Book, “How to Kick Start the Second Half of Your Life” and it’s available now as a free download.
When I began the writing process for “Kickstart”, I had a dilemma. Sure, everyone wants to be creative, every single time I meet someone and tell them about the project, they say something like, “I wish I could write” or, “I want to learn to play guitar”. I’d also said something along the lines of “Because being creative can save your life.” But I didn’t know that for sure. Can being creative save your life? Was that just a cute tagline? How would I prove it?
I’d gone to bed after listing all of my ideas for the book on a big pad on my easel and playing a little guitar to soothe the mind. Apparently, my mind worked on the problem while I slept and put out a call to my Guardian Angel because I was awakened at 5:00 AM (WAY early for me) and found myself running out into the living room, less than fully clothed, to write more on my easel. Then I heard this:
“You need more words.” Ok, I’ll get them from my thesaurus as I write.
“No, you need more words, NOW.”
So, I got up and started a new page on the pad, filling in words for things like Creative, Meaning, Artist, Life and Soul. Once I had all the words up on the page, I saw the connection, here’s what I got:
Can creativity save your life? It can, because, creation IS life.
I talk about “Soul” a lot. I’m not trying to
convert you, not trying to recruit you to my religious
sect. Motown music is Soul Music, it comes from
deep down, from within. Our soul is our inner being,
our subconscious, the voice we hear inside of our
brain. I believe that your soul is the real you, the
spirit that animates your human body. Soul is also
called “Life Force”. (Use the force Luke = I’m a Soul
So many words that relate to creativity lead us
back to soul. You are said to be inspired when you
come up with a good idea, artists are called creators,
what a coincidence: God is known as a creator.
If you have an “inspiration” you get enthusiastic,
and that’s a word whose Greek origins means, “The
God Within.” (Isn’t your Soul the God within?) Artists are also called originators and producers, they are considered to be inventive and
Life itself is referred to as existence, being and
spirit. We passionate people are filled with spirit,
which is also a name for God. God told Moses, “I
am”. It’s not too much of a stretch, to say that God is
Life and Life is Creation.
We reach a point in life, some earlier, some later,
where we look for meaning. Meaning is worth,
significance, substance and intention. That’s our soul,
our spirit, asking those questions. The body can be
happy with cheeseburgers, beer and naps. It is the
spirit within that asks us to find out why we exist.
It all connects! You are an artist!
We came here as creations, from creation. As
Wayne Dyer said, if you take a glass of water from
the ocean, it is still water. Spill it on the beach and it
will eventually return to source. Finding our own
inspiration, our inner artist, is licensing our spirit to
reconnect to source. If you can get an artist to tell
you where his creation comes from, he’ll often tell
you it comes from somewhere outside of him, he just
channels it. It comes from source.
God is also called Love. Releasing your creativity
is an act of love, a spiritual act. When you connect
with creativity, you are drawing on the super natural.
I hope you’ll download Kickstart the Second Half of Your Life, it’s been a lot of fun to write!